Program Options and Levels

Program and Level

  • Classes are offered in 15 week sessions (8 weeks in Summer June-August)
  • There are 3 sessions offered each year.
  • Enroll in the number of sessions necessary to achieve your desired level of English proficiency.
  • Four levels of English offered (advanced beginners, low intermediate, high intermediate and advanced).
  • Academic preparation program (Pathway) for students who want to enter an American university or Daemen College at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • It takes one full semester (15 weeks) for students to complete one level.
  • Our academic preparation program can take one or more sessions to complete depending on the needs of the student. (see chart of tracks)
  • Students receive 20- 25 hours of English instruction per week.

Placement test to determine your level

When they arrive, International Students and IELP students take a Placement Exam in writing, reading, grammar, listening and speaking . You are placed in the appropriate IELP level courses and Track based on this Placement Exam. Regardless of TOEFL scores, international students whose placement scores when they arrive indicate a need for English instruction may be required to attend one or more IELP classes.

Waiver of language proficiency requirement

Undergraduate students who score above 80 on the MTELP ( Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and score 5.5 or 6 on the IELP Writing and Speaking test are not required to take English courses. However, graduate students and some undergraduate student may be referred back to the IELP if there are particular linguistic skill areas in which professors and advisors feel a student may need improvement.

Curriculum levels

  • Advanced Beginner
  • Low Intermediate
  • High Intermediate
  • Advanced

Level Placement During the week of registration, You will take a placement test to determine your level of English. The test will cover writing, reading, grammar, vocabulary, listening, and speaking. All international students are required to take this placement test.

Courses: Core, Special and Cooperative College Classes

Students are put in core classes and select one elective for 3 hours a week. Advanced students may be able to take a regular college class.

Core Courses

  • Integrated skills: reading and writing/ writing for academic purposes
  • Listening / speaking
  • Reading/ fluency and vocabulary
  • Speaking fluency and cross cultural communication- academic discourse

Some examples of special topic courses include advanced grammar, pronunciation, Toefl prep, American films. These are offered for different language levels and change each semester.

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